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The Classic Guitar Society of Western Australia is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation incorporated in 1960 aiming to promote playing and appreciation of the classic guitar and to foster camaraderie amongst its members.

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The objectives of the Society are to:

  • encourage the playing and appreciation of the classical guitar amongst the broader musical and general community;
  • promote performance by guitarists through varied means;
  • facilitate the development of student guitarists;
  • foster camaraderie amongst teachers, students and those interested in the objectives of the Society;
  • provide members with free access to Society functions and discounted entry to Society concerts at the discretion of the Committee;
  • keep members informed in matters relevant to these objectives;
  • co-operate with those elsewhere who share similar objectives; and
  • encourage development of the guitar repertoire.

Upcoming Events

24th Jun 2018 (Sunday) - 2:00pm

Guitar Society Orchestra Winter Concert

With guest soloist Darryn Santana

Venue: Kalamunda Arts Centre

Tickets: $25 adults $15 members and concession.

24th Jun 2018 (Sunday) - 7.00pm

Morgan Remaj - In Recital

Venue: Music Auditorium, WAAPA (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)


21st August 2018 (Tuesday) - 1.10pm (Lunchtime)

Classical Guitar Showcase

WAAPA’s guitar students share their talent, inspiration, and visions of musical beauty, in a selection of ensemble and guitar solo performances.

Venue: Music Auditorium, WAAPA (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)


24th Aug 2018 (Friday) - 1:00pm

UWA Guitar Studio Lunchtime Concert

Come hear some of Western Australia’s most talented young guitarists perform an exciting concert of solo and ensemble repertoire for the guitar.

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA


24th August 2018 (Friday) - 7:30pm

Chrystian Dozza: My Brazil

Performed by: Chrystian Dozza (Brazil)

One of the most exciting Brazilian classical guitarists on the international scene, Chrystian Dozza came to prominence as a member of the internationally-acclaimed Quarternaglia Guitar Quartet. He is renowned for his delectable musical compositions that elegantly encapsulate the spirit of modern Brazil—combining folk and Jazz influences, poetic classical sophistication, and eye-popping guitar virtuosity. Chystian will perform a stunning selection of his solo guitar music and will be joined by WAAPA guitar students for special performances of some of his larger works.

Venue: Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $30 full; $25 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6895 or purchase tickets online.

25th - 26th August 2018

WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival

The WA International Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival is an annual event hosted by the Classical Guitar Society. It provides a unique opportunity for ensembles to perform in a formal yet supportive environment. It fosters camaraderie and pedagogical exchanges amongst participants and contributes to the over-all artistic and cultural enrichment of the community.

The 30th WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival will be held at Carine Senior High School, 51 Everingham St Carine, on Saturday, 25 August and Sunday, 26 August 2018. The 2018 adjudicator will be Brazillian guitarist Chrystian Dozza.

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Fridays 17 Aug – 14 Sept 2018 (4-6pm)

Accelerate! Guitars

Join UWA’s new elite classical guitar training program designed for players in years 10-12 who are looking to take their skills to the next level! Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with Head of Guitar Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald, as well as some very special guests! Featuring workshops, lectures, rehearsals and masterclasses, the program will culminate in a performance at the Perth International Classical Guitar Festival alongside students from the UWA Guitar Studio.

For more information and audition requirements, please visit http://www.music.uwa.edu.au/community/accelerate!-guitars.

12-16 September 2018

Perth International Classical Guitar Festival

UWA has a long history as a centre of excellence for classical guitar, with graduates of the UWA Guitar program enjoying successful careers in performance and education all around the world, including the celebrated international artist Craig Ogden whose albums have consistently been number one in the BBC Classical charts!

In 2018, we are delighted to bring together International Artists, current staff, celebrated alumni, Western Australia’s emerging young artists and community ensembles to launch the first Perth International Classical Guitar Festival.

Over 5 days, enjoy a jam-packed program featuring local, national and international artists such as Craig Ogden, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Josinaldo Costa and the Perth Guitar Quartet.

Be treated to a variety of performances from soloists, duos and ensembles, as well as the Australian Premier of Andy Scott’s Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra (2017), commissioned by the UWA Conservatorium of Music. The Festival will also include masterclasses, workshops, open rehearsals and demonstrations – allowing you to dive in and immerse yourself in all things guitar!

Converge | Perth Guitar Quartet
Wednesday 12 Sept
Callaway Auditorium

Join us for the launch of the festival with a free performance by the Perth Guitar Quartet, WA’s premier professional guitar ensemble!

Shaping Young Performers Forum
Friday 14 Sept
5.00pm – 9.00pm
Classical guitar teachers from across WA are invited to come together for an evening of networking and workshops. Keynote speaker Dr Josinaldo Costa will lead a practical session on directing a pre-tertiary guitar program, with a focus on teaching strategies designed to bring the best out of students and cultivate a culture of excellence.

15 & 16 Sept
Perth Town Hall
Next Generation
Young emerging artists from the UWA Guitar Studio, Accelerate program and local ensemble Guitarstrophe perform a concert of works for solo, duo and guitar ensemble.

Craig Ogden & Friends
UWA Graduate and Classical FM Chart-topping artist Craig Ogden returns to Perth to perform a solo recital featuring all your favourite works. Joining forces with fellow UWA graduate and his former student Don Candy, and with emerging artists of the UWA Guitar Ensemble, this concert is sure to please!

Josinaldo Costa in Recital
Brazilian guitarist Josinaldo Costa is in demand as a solo artist and chamber musician, with performances across four continents. A celebrated concert artist, educator, and festival director, we are excited to welcome Josinaldo to Western Australia for his first solo recital in Perth.

Ogden Tanner and the Guitar Concerto In the finale of the festival, old friends from university, Craig Ogden and Paul Tanner once again team up to perform as OgdenTANNER – a guitar and percussion duo with a core repertoire of popular guitar duets, tangos, and new works - before Craig join forces with the UWA Chamber Orchestra to perform the Australian premier of Andy Scott’s Guitar Concerto.

15 & 16 Sept
Perth Town Hall

Other activities offered include masterclasses with Craig Ogden and Josinaldo Costa, workshops by luthier Simon Rovis-Hermann, historical instrument demonstrations, pre-concert talks, instrument displays and community performances.

10th October 2018 (Wednesday) - 7:30pm

The Guitar in Dance and Dream

Music Direction by: Jonathan Paget
Performed by: Classical Guitar students, with special guest artists Silver Sands Guitar Trio

The guitar has always belonged to the people; across its history of many centuries the guitar has continued to occupy the space between both popular and elite. Much of its music is rooted in popular song and dance, but developed by its exponents with unusual artistry. A soft instrument, it cajoles us within its intimate tones, drawing us into its own interior dream world with its “six silver moonbeams.”

Venue: Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $28 full; $23 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6895 or purchase tickets online.

21st Oct 2018 (Sunday) - 12-2pm

Soundboard Sundays - Classical Guitar Open Recital

Join us at the UWA Conservatorium of Music for “Soundboard Sundays”, where you can perform your current repertoire in front of a friendly and supportive audience. Whether you're preparing for a University or School assessment, an exam (WACE practical / AMEB or other grade exam) or you just want to share something you have been practicing – come along and play! All ages and abilities welcome!

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA

Performers: participation is free, email Jonathan Fitzgerald at jonathan.fitzgerald@uwa.edu.au to book a spot.
Audience: entry is free, no bookings required.

30th October 2018 (Tuesday) - 7:00pm

Guitar Travels

The cross-cultural instrument of choice, guitar music can be found across all seven continents of the globe. Likewise, the conceit of journeying is a frequent programmatic meme, sometimes literal sometimes figurative. Join us in an evening of guitar entertainment in which WAAPA’s talented guitarists transport us through colourful and expressive musical journeys.

Venue: Kurongkurl Katijin Gallery, Building 15, Edith Cowan University, Central Ave Mt Lawley


4th Nov 2018 (Sunday) - 3pm

Callum Henshaw: National Tour

As part of his tour as the 2017 winner of the Melbourne International Concert Artist Guitar Competition, Cal performs a scintillating program of guitar artistry, featuring works by Domenico Scarlatti (Italy), Manuel M. Ponce (Mexico), Nigel Westlake (Australia) and Agustín Barrios (Paraguay).

Canberra-born classical guitarist Callum Henshaw is considered one of Australia's leading young players. He has had success in a number of major national and international competitions, including First Prize Winner at the 2012 Cordoba International Guitar Competition, the 2014 Tirana International Guitar Competition, and Third Prize at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Competition. Cal has studied with Minh Le Hoang and Timothy Kain, and is currently completed a doctorate at ANU. In 2016, Cal released the critically acclaimed, Echo & Return, which includes the world premiere recording, 'Bleed-through', by Australian composer, Samuel Smith. Cal performs on a Greg Smallman & Sons classical guitar and is proudly sponsored by Knobloch Strings.

Venue: Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $30 full; $20 conc/friends; Purchase online at https://www.trybooking.com/371961.

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